District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-09-01

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual training in Camp Ripley and checked wild rice conditions on area rice lakes. Several complaints of nuisance bear activity were handled and advice was given to the landowners. CO Frericks patrolled Virginia area lakes over the weekend. Fewer people were seen out than expected. Of those boaters who were encountered, enforcement action was taken for insufficient PFDs.

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports monitoring fishing and boating activity on the Rainy River and Rainy Lake. Offsite weigh-in and invasive species checks at the International Falls Bass Championship Tournament were monitored. Bear baiting and ATV enforcement rounded out the week?s activities.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) worked angling, ATVs, AIS, and bear baiting activities during the week. CO Van Asch attended the International Falls Bass Championship Tournament over the weekend. The tournament saw a large number of spectators and participants from all over the country. Hunters were putting the finishing touches on their bear bait sites before the season opener. CO Van Asch also assisted the Koochiching County Sheriff?s Department and the International Falls Police Department in moving a bear out of town that was reluctant to leave the area. The bear finally moved on safely with some encouragement from the officers.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of the week at annual training. Time was also spent working bear baiting and ATV enforcement. The officer took a couple of complaints of nuisance bears.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, bear baiting, ATVs, state park enforcement, and littering complaints, and taught species ID, wildlife complaints and wolf classes at the Conservation Officer Academy. Several nuisance bear complaints were received with the majority easily cured with food source removal. A TIP call of two anglers using extra lines was handled with the pair found using extra lines and illegally using bass and sunfish for bait. Other enforcement action was taken on fail to register bear bait station and operating an ATV on a public highway.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked bear baiting activity throughout the week and noted few hunters baiting compared to past years. Complaints where heard of people out harvesting green rice. Ricers have been going out but most return after a short time stating rice not ripe yet. Took a call from a concerned homeowner who had a large wolf stand outside their yard seemingly unafraid watching them.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.